• Horse logging in Netherwood, Stoke Lacy today

    Apologies if you thought I'd left the country (I am sorely tempted!) or been struck down by something deadly -they tell me that's a possibility. I have been posting on Instagram @lostleavesfound and rather neglected the blog.

    I was aware that we were about to have a horse logger working in Netherwood, our millennium wood in the village this autumn, but hadn't expected them to be there until a bit later in the autumn. However, passing the end of the lane I spied a horsebox in the gateway & upon further investigation sure enough there they were. Kate with her pair of Ardennes and all the paraphenalia of the horse logging business and Merlin, the contract feller. It seems that they'd been in the wood for several weeks & today was their last day, but WOW! - what a difference they've made to the once gloomy woodland, opening up the rides and clearing out some of the poor quality trees (look like another visit will be needed to get into some of the denser stands. This is a job that should have been done five or even ten years ago to get better quality wood out of the site (most of what has been extracted is only good for firewood) and make the woodland more vibrant and age variable. Hopefully this will start to happen now, although it is very sad to see how bad the ash dieback is in the wood - I suspect very little of it will survive.

    Anyway huge thanks to Kate Mobbs-Morgan and Rowan Working Horses and to Merlin for his excellent felling skills. Let's hope for a brighter future for Netherwood.

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